How to format your references using the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry (Ind J Clin Biochem). For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
1. Smaglik P. Stem-cell state lines. Nature. 2004;429:905.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Adams WW, Baughman RH. Retrospective: Richard E. Smalley (1943-2005). Science. 2005;310:1916.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Volpe G, Volpe G, Gigan S. Brownian motion in a speckle light field: tunable anomalous diffusion and selective optical manipulation. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3936.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Turetsky A, Kim E, Kohler RH, Miller MA, Weissleder R. Single cell imaging of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase using an irreversible inhibitor. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4782.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
1. Horváth T. Understanding Lightning and Lightning Protection. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
1. Seibert-Fohr A, editor. Judicial Independence in Transition. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Cohen JL, Beer K. Botulinum Toxins. In: Goldberg DJ, editor. Facial Rejuvenation: A Total Approach. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 79–103.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry.

Blog post
1. Hale T. 20 Useful Lifehacks Every Pet Owner Should Know [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/20-useful-hacks-pet-owners/

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
1. Government Accountability Office. Traffic Management: Federal Policies to Encourage Low-Cost Approaches Need to Be Strengthened. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1991 Aug. Report No.: PEMD-91-26BR.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Poyaoan-Linzaga MR. The effects of patient communication in early intervention for falls among the Medicare patients [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
1. Herrman J. The Hookup. New York Times. 2017 May 3;MM70.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,1].
This sentence cites four references [1,1,1,1].

About the journal

Full journal titleIndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry
AbbreviationIndian J. Clin. Biochem.
ISSN (print)0970-1915
ISSN (online)0974-0422
ScopeClinical Biochemistry

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